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Golf: Pained McIlroy shuts down lines of outside communication

Published on May 23, 2014 4:33 AM

VIRGINIA WATER (REUTERS) - A distraught Rory McIlroy decided to switch off his mobile phone and give away his laptop after ending his relationship with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, the Northern Irishman said on Thursday.

The world number 10 forgot the pain of his breakup by returning two eagles in a four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but it was only a temporary respite from his anguish.

"I haven't turned on my phone for a few days and I've given my laptop away," McIlroy told reporters. "I'm sort of living like I'm in the 1970s. "It's a tough week and I'm not really that comfortable standing here talking about it."

McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he and Danish fiancee Wozniacki, who had been together for two and a half years, had mutually agreed to end their wedding plans.

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